News & Insight
31st January 2022
Ex Tesco comms lead joins Philanthropy Company
At Tesco, David led all the supermarket’s community and charity programmes and partnerships, through some of the largest private sector fundraising, donation and food redistribution schemes in the UK.
In the face of the pandemic, he oversaw £60m of food relief and community support to those who needed it most, working with FareShare, the Trussell Trust and the British Red Cross.
He refocused the famous Bags of Help scheme into Tesco Community Grants, which gives £8m a year to more than 6,000 community groups, through partnership with Groundwork.
He led the health charity partnership, working with the British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK and Diabetes UK to positively impact on Tesco’s 320,000 UK colleagues and its millions of customers.
David was also instrumental in establishing Tesco as a founding patron of the National Emergencies Trust, working with the Philanthropy Company.
Through them, Tesco contributed to the Coronavirus Appeal that raised an extraordinary £98m in just four months to support immediate community needs such as food banks, domestic abuse shelters and counselling services related to the pandemic.
Prior to Tesco, David was group head of communications at Monarch Airlines and has previously worked as a director at communications consultancies Freuds and BCW.
As a Director of Philanthropy Company, David will help grow visibility of our impact and commitment to social purpose. He will work directly with clients to share the value of philanthropy in purpose led activities and reputation. We look forward to developing strategic relationships with companies bringing our mix of commercial, social purpose and charity expertise to a wider group of clients.
Announcing David’s arrival at Philanthropy Company, Caroline Underwood OBE said:
‘For nearly 20 years Philanthropy Company has worked at the axis of community, charity and commerce. I am thrilled that David is joining us as part of our talented team to bring our expertise in social purpose to our clients and the wider sector.’
Commenting on joining Philanthropy Company, David said:
‘After working at Tesco to support charities and communities, especially in the face of the pandemic, I now want to work more fully in the corporate, philanthropy and charity sectors. Philanthropy Company has deep knowledge, experience and impact and I’m excited to be joining to help further build on its significant contribution.’
Philanthropy Company is a strategic consultancy working with organisations to realise visions through raising funds and with philanthropists on their giving. It was founded by Caroline Underwood OBE in 2002. Further information can be found at: